'''Marco Polo''' (; ; 1254January 8–9, 1324) was a Venice Republic|Venetian
His travels are recorded in ''The Travels of Marco Polo|Livres des merveilles du monde
'' (''Book of the Marvels of the World'', also known as ''The Travels of Marco Polo'', c. 1300), a book that described to Europeans the wealth and great size of China, its capital Peking, and other Asian cities and countries.
He learned the mercantile trade from his father and uncle, Niccolò and Maffeo Polo|Niccolò and Maffeo
, who travelled through Asia and met Kublai Khan
. In 1269, they returned to Venice to meet Marco for the first time. The three of them embarked on an epic journey to Asia, returning after 24 years to find Venice Venetian–Genoese Wars|at war with Republic of Genoa|Genoa
; Marco was imprisoned and dictated his stories to a cellmate. He was released in 1299,...